Physical Therapy Resources

San Diego Adaptive Resources (Download Printable Version)

Please contact PT in Motion if you have specific questions regarding what programs you or your child may benefit from (858)565-6910: San Diego Regional Center –  Recreation Guide l Guía de Recursos Recreativos

San Diego Parks & Recreation Dept. Therapeutic Recreation Services
619-525-8247 or 619-692-3866 TDD. Program Guide

City of Chula Vista Recreation Department Therapeutics Section for children and adults with developmental disabilities. 619-409-5800.

City of Coronado Recreation Department – A -Team: All Together Experiencing Amazing Moments. (619) 522-7342.

City of Imperial Recreational Activities


Adaptive Karate Program – 858-484-4747.

AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) VIP Soccer teams for children with special needs:

Bonita – Lili Walter 619-656-7699

La Mesa – Gary Hartnett 619-708-0731 or

Chula Vista – Steve Riiff 619 482-2327

El Cajon – Mike Shirley 619-443-2580 or

Santee – 858-566-2040

Tierrasanta -Tina (858) 999-0294 or 

Challenged Athletes

Challenge Center – a truly Accessible Gym in La Mesa with licensed physical therapists and certified trainers on staff. Call 619-667-8644.

The Challenger Division of Little League is a program for mentally & physically challenged youth (ages 5-18years), helping them to enjoy the full benefits of Little League participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. View Brochure.

ClairemontUniversity CityScripps Ranch & Mira Mesa

La Mesa & Chollas Lakes

Chula Vista – Lili Walter 619-656-7699

Oceanside – Shawn 760-945-2398

Poway – Margot 858-748-0860

Murrieta – Mark Miller 951-764-3470

Some areas without active Challenger Divisions are being served by Sports for Exceptional Athletes.

Challenger Football in North County 

Free Golf Lessons for children with Autism

Miracle League of San Diego – baseball for children with mental and/or physical challenges. 858-964-2222. Del Mar & Coronado.

National Sports Center for the Disabled Soccer Development League Partnering with Alliance Soccer Club, Chula Vista Rangers and Poway/PQ, to create a soccer league for children with physical Disabilities. Call Dana at (619) 482-6177.

Poway Youth Basketball Challenged League – Margot at or 858-748-0860.

San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation

San Diego Special Olympics – 619-283-6100.

SMYBB  Shooting Stars Basketball – for players (5-22) with different-abilities in the military. Contact Coach Rick at 760 504-7242.

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is a San Diego-based alternative sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adult. Call 858-565-7432.

TOPSoccer for children with mental or physical disabilities. Call Joey at 619-246-8723 or email

Martial Arts class for students with special needs – Orion Martial Arts in San Marcos. Call 760-445-9731.

US Karate Academy – inclusive karate. Call 619-342-5548.

La Jolla Yoga Center – traditional martial arts classes for people with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities.

Heart of Sailing

Wheelchair Dancing – 8 week instructional program at Sharp Grossmont Rehab Center in La Mesa. 858.573.1571.

Zumba® (Inclusive) Classes – all ages and all abilities. (619)971-3904 or


Armed Services YMCA of San Diego – Recreational programs and family services for military families. 858-751-5755.

ASSERT (After School Social, Educational, & Recreational Therapy) Program – an after-school program for children with autism (grades K-12) or other similar special needs and neurotypical children in La Mesa. 619-564-0860.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego

Friendship Circle – Social outings for children and teens with special needs. Call 858-487-4879. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center – Recreational and social programs. 858-362-1123.

Outdoor After School Enrichment Program – New Outdoor Education program at Camp CaHiTo, located at 3101 Balboa Dr, San Diego, CA 92101. 619-291-8985.

Pioneers Club offers hands on activities for individuals with developmental challenges through fine and performing arts, educational enrichment and socially responsible micro enterprises. Call 858-350-6002.

Teens in Motion – an after school program providing supervision and support to teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. 619.521.3055 x1402 or Michelle at

The Arc of San Diego PALS Dept. – Provide local and travel recreational opportunities for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We also run 5 day sessions of Camp each summer for children, teens, and adults.  Contact information: 619-685-1175 or

Xcite Steps offers recreation, respite, mentor and childcare programs for kids, teens, and adults with a variety of cognitive disabilities. Call Matt at 858 722-1948.
Summer Camp 2010 – View flyer.
Junior Counselor Training – View flyer.

Therapeutic Activities


Adapted Aquatics at Ivey Ranch Park Association Brooks Street Pool in Oceanside. 760-722-4839

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program at Mission Valley YMCA – Pool is enclosed and warm. 619-298-3576.

Pool Pals – San Diego County Autism Society at Aqua Pros Swim School at the Boys & Girls Club in Clairemont. 619-209-2990.

Aquatic Rehab and Consulting in Carlsbad. 949-216-9300


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or Learning Programs – 760-519-0310 or 949-293-3330.

Helen Woodward Animal Center Therapeutic Riding 858-756-0667.

Ivey Ranch Park – Recreational activities, Therapeutic horseback riding, daycare and respite care. Call 760-722-4839.

The Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Centerin Lakeside – 619-672-6935

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or Learning Programs – 760-519-0310 or 949-293-3330.

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship – in La Mesa. 619-469-9544.

Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center (PoVa) – Creek Road Ranch in Poway. 858-231-7889 or

REINS – in Fallbrook. 760-731-9168.

San Diego Hippotherapy – Lakeside call 760-440-0286. Occupational and physical therapy for children and adults with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, using the movement of horses.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Programs in Southern California

Expressive Arts:

Ability Dances – adaptive dance program for children with physical disabilities. Point Loma. Contact Anna Dewey or (617) 571-2446.

Arms Wide Open – dance program for children and adults with special needs.

Coast Music Therapy– music lessons for individuals with special needs. 858.831.0387 ext 4.,

Culture Shock Dance Studio – Old Town. 619-299-2110.

Eveoke Dance Theatre – in San Diego, 619-238-1153.

InnerDancers – Performing Arts Dance Classes. 602-502-2743 or

Movement & Music for Boys & Girls with Special Needs in Golden Hills. Call LaTanya at 619-980-5246.

Music & Movement Occupational Therapy – Oceanside. (760) 802-7862.

Music playgroup meets twice a month –

Music Therapy Center of California – 877-620-7688.

North Park Vaudeville STARS – Theater arts program for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Call 619-647-4958 or

Piano Lessons for children with special needs. Contact Kathryn Campion at 760-274-3867 or

Positive Action Community Theatre – life skills through expressive arts for kids with autism and other special needs in the North County. 760-815-8512. View flyer

Time 2 Shine – Dance class for children with special needs in 4S Ranch. 858-675-0772.

YMCA Toby Wells Adaptive GymVentures Class. 858.496.9622 x13014 or


Access Pass – for US citizens with a permanent disability. Provides access to, and use of, any Federal recreation site that charges an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee.

Power Beach Wheelchairs – Available at Mission Beach. Manual Beach Wheelchairs are available at La Jolla Shores, Ocean Beach and South Pacific Beach year-round at the lifeguard stations. Call 619-525-8247 or 619-525-8249TDD.

Chaperoned Trips for Adults with Disabilities

Camp Tuolumne Trails – a new camp for children and adults with special needs is located just outside Yosemite National Park in California.

Camp Paivika – fully accessible camp, located in the San Bernardino National Forest, offers summer and winter overnight camp programs for kids and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities.

Disabled Travelers

Medical Equipment Rental for San Diego Visitors

Transportation Security Administration Medical Notification Card – This is for use by individuals with medical conditions or disabilities which make the typical security check a challenge at the airport. TSA Cares Helpline: call toll free at 1-855-787-2227.

*PT in Motion would like to offer a special thanks to the San Diego Exceptional Family Resource Center who compiled these resources for your benefit: